cco wrote:Yeah, but Cumberbatch isn't just white. If he were any paler he'd be see-through. Dude looks like a vampire. At least Martin looks like he gets some sun every now and again.
I'm sure somewhere in the depths of fandom, someone is trying to come up for an explanation as to why Khan looks so different in the alternate timeline. Like maybe the admiral did some genetic experiments on him after waking him up. Or maybe there is actually more than one man with Khan's memories among the cryo-frozen bodies, and in the alternate timeline a different one was thawed.
Actually, someone just came up with the best explanation I've heard yet (and we're going DEEP down the nerdery rabbit hole here, so bear with me, folks). My primary objection to all the canon changes was that the established time-travel event in XI, Nero's incursion, didn't come far back enough to change as many things as we saw. All of Enterprise would still be canon, for example.
But then someone pointed out to me that there have been something like 53 time travel plots in Star Trek, and they'd all be recursively affected. If Nero destroys Vulcan, then 150 years later there's most likely no Tuvok, for example.
No Tuvok, Janeway doesn't have her undercover for the Maquis. Maybe she doesn't track Chakotay's ship into the Badlands, doesn't get thrown into the Delta Quadrant, and therefore doesn't encounter Braxton and go back to 1996 to steal hyper-advanced 29th century technology from Henry Starling.
So if Starling has his more advanced technology, that changes the design of starships from there on out. Maybe it means "Tomorrow is Yesterday" and "Assignment: Earth" don't happen as planned. If Kirk and crew don't help out Gary Seven, maybe the Eugenics Wars happen in the 90s after all...
No wonder time travel gives Kirk and Bones a headache.
On a side note, I wonder if, in the new canon, Bones injecting that tribble with Augment blood is what leads to their Malthusian reproductive rate. If so: Nice job breaking it, hero.